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The Arising of the Bodhichitta

by Sangharakshita

Two contradictory trends are discernible in spiritual life: withdrawing from the world and compassion for it. The arising of the Bodhichitta or 'Will to Enlightenment' resolves this dichotomy.

Talk given in 1965.

This talk is part of the series The Meaning of Conversion in Buddhism.

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1. Conversion understood in terms of bodhichitta utpada: the arising of the 'Will to Enlightenment' (3:59) 
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2. Three kinds of bodhi (6:46) 
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3. The difference between the three kinds of bodhi (9:33) 
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4. The meaning of chitta and utpada (2:30) 
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5. Dedicating one's merit to the cause of perfect Enlightenment; the danger of spiritual individualism (9:48) 
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6. Conditions for the basis upon which the Bodhichitta arises: withdrawal from the world - wisdom;involvement in the world - compassion; Vasubandhu's four factors (12:36) 
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7. The Bodhisattva vows (4:05) 

Total running time: 49:17